A straightforward question, what is good art? A complicated answer, but that is good art. How does a certain piece of artwork become recognized as "good?" What are some of the traits that make art good? What simply makes art good, and what makes art bad, in general? Does having a recognizable art or design "style" limit one's creativity? Is an exact reproduction as good as the original? It used to be that anything called “Art” had certain meaning attached to it. Art was assumed to be beautiful, intricate, and expensive, crafted with care by a master. Sometimes it told a story, or marked a special day or event. Art was universally revered, instantly recognized, and generally approached with awe, while today it is looked at much differently.
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As for the non-artists, they’re left in the dust unsure of why a particular work is special, and sometimes even lose that curiosity and awe they once felt when entering a gallery. They end up looking at price tags more than at the art itself and even begin to feel as though good art is just too deep and mysterious for their simple understanding. What we as art patrons need to realize, however, is that we’re just as qualified to judge whether art is good or bad as any art critic. There’s no reason to sit back and nod appreciatively of a piece of trash hung in a gallery if in our heart we’ve already judged it to be a sham.
Personally, I look at art for its ability to mystify me and to lure my gaze into its deepest and darkest colors. I want a piece of art to capture my gaze and to hold it. If a piece of art can be entertaining for as long as a 30-minute sitcom on television then I have found that piece of good art. We know the masters of art have provided us with untold numbers of pieces of good art. We also know there are others, who may not be recognized as one of the “masters,” who are capable of fine art and have created it. I have even, on many an occasion, purchased good art that came into being at the hands of a totally unknown; yet, it was good art. It was good art because it entertained, it spoke to me and it welcomed me into its arms.